Slaughterhouse Rock

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Slaughterhouse Rock
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dimitri Logothetis
Written by Dimitri Logothetis (story)
Starring Toni Basil
Music by Devo
(Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale)
Distributed by Arista Films
Release dates
February 1988 (USA)
Running time
90 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office Unknown

Slaughterhouse Rock is a 1987 B-movie horror film, starring pop star Toni Basil, and featuring songs by new wave group Devo. The plot concerns a group of teens, attempting to release a curse over their friend, who has been having dreams of the victims of a murderer who lived on the island of Alcatraz. They are aided by the ghost of a dead rock singer, (Basil). The film was directed by Dimitri Logothetis, and released by Arista Films.


Alex Gardner (Nicholas Celozzi), a college student suffers from reoccurring nightmares in which he experiences the deaths of the victims of a vicious killer who lived on Alcatraz, before it became a prison. When the nightmares begin manifesting in reality, and his friends see him hovering over his bed, his teacher (Donna Denton), an occultist, tells him to go to the island to face down the ghost of the killer. The friends become stranded on the island, and Alex's brother Richard (Tom Reilly) becomes possessed, killing some friends and raping one of the girls. Alex is aided in his quest by the ghost of Sammy Mitchell (Toni Basil), a singer for the band Bodybag. Sammy teaches Alex how to levitate and escape his body, and is also the subject of a dance routine, intercut into the film. The friends lure the ghost of the killer, and Alex's brother into the prison chapel, and blow it up, releasing the curse.


The soundtrack features five songs by the band Devo, who had recently reformed with former Sparks drummer David Kendrick. While there was no official soundtrack release, three of the songs saw official release by Devo. One song, "The Only One" features Toni Basil on vocals, and was released on the Devo rarities compilation Recombo DNA. Another song, "Man Turned Inside Out," appears on the 1988 Devo album Total Devo. "Part of You," an outtake from the sessions for 1982's Oh, No! It's Devo appears as a bonus track on the 1996 CD edition of that album. The songs "Set Me Free" and "Slaughterhouse Rock Theme" have not been officially released, though "Slaughterhouse Rock Theme" can be found on bootlegs.


The film was given a limited theatrical release in the United States by Taurus Entertainment Company in May 1988.

The film was released on VHS by Sony Video, but has since gone out of print. A bootleg DVD has been known to exist. As of March 27, 2011, there are currently no plans for a legitimate DVD release.

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